Aer Lingus cabin crew threaten strike over outsourcing
AER Lingus cabin crew have threatened to strike over outsourcing of staff in Shannon.
IMPACT trade union, which represents cabin crew, reiterated the threat as it entered talks in the Labour Relations Commission with Aer Lingus management in a bid to resolve the ongoing row over outsourcing of cabin crew.
IMPACT assistant general secretary Michael Landers warned today that cabin crew in Shannon had voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action and this would be the outcome unless the talks resulted in a resolution.
86 Shannon-based cabin crew have been told that that base will close in March because they have refused management's requests to work new routes involving smaller plans with fewer flight attendants.
IMPACT believes that the Aer Lingus decision was illegal and breach of agreement.
A resolution needs to be found soon as the new flights are scheduled to start on January 6.
By Ailish O'Hora